Tropical Treehouses: Sleeping in the Canopy of the Daintree Rainforest
The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest surviving rainforest in the world and is currently listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It has major environmental significance in Australia and is best experienced as an overnight stay.
What better way to truly immerse yourself in the amazing Daintree Rainforest than by sleeping amongst the treetops in a private luxury treehouse? And I can honestly say it is a real ‘at-one-with-nature’ experience.
While there are a few different treehouse accommodations in North Queensland, there are two stand-out venues in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest that will definitely fulfil any fantasies you may have for sleeping in the treetops.
Luxurious, eco-friendly and secluded, they leave you feeling totally relaxed and rejuvenated.
1. Daintree Eco Lodge
The Daintree Eco Lodge is top of the list for really magical experiences. In fact, you may never want to leave. We fell in love with our treehouse; it made us feel so totally immersed in the dense rainforest that it left a really lasting impression on us.
The Lodge has 15 ‘bayans’ (treehouses) that are all completely private with fully screened balconies. Some come with jacuzzis so you can sit and soak in the tub while listening to the sounds of the birds and wildlife.
We found it completely blissful lying in our four-poster bed at night, under a canopy of ferns, smelling the trees and listening to the sounds of bats and other nightlife.
Within the resort there is also a wellness spa, a fantastic restaurant specialising in local cuisine and an aboriginal art gallery offering art workshops.
The Daintree Eco Lodge is at 20 Daintree Rd, Daintree.
2. Silky Oaks Lodge
Another treehouse resort that will capture your adventurous heart is Silky Oaks Lodge. Also located in the Daintree and perched high above the Mossman River Gorge, this five star treehouse resort has a lot more rooms on offer and all come with views of either the rainforest or the river.
Each treehouse is decorated in a contemporary style with large luxurious bathrooms, balconies and a spacious bedroom.
We didn’t find them as secluded or private as the Daintree Eco Lodge treehouses as they weren’t surrounded by as much dense rainforest, however, they were definitely more luxurious and five-star hotel-style.
Most impressive is the long raised boardwalk to the resort reception and restaurant, which is bordered by rainforest.
And the open-sided treehouse restaurant boasts spectacular views of the Mossman river below, a perfect backdrop for a rainforest getaway and definitely one of the most picturesque spots in the Daintree.
Silky Oaks Resort is at Finlayvale Rd, Mossman.
• The Daintree Rainforest is the world’s oldest continuously surviving rainforest
• It’s contains extremely diverse flora and fauna including 65% of Australia’s bat and butterfly population, 12,000 species of insects and around 30% of Australia’s reptile, frog and marsupial species.
• 430 bird species live in the Daintree Rainforest